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Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure, 1922-2010
     

Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure, 1922-2010

by Margarita M. Balmaceda
 

Energy has been an important element in Moscow’s quest to exert power and influence in its surrounding areas both before and after the collapse of the USSR. With their political independence in 1991, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania also became, virtually overnight, separate energy-poor entities heavily dependent on Russia. This increasingly costly dependency

Overview

Energy has been an important element in Moscow’s quest to exert power and influence in its surrounding areas both before and after the collapse of the USSR. With their political independence in 1991, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania also became, virtually overnight, separate energy-poor entities heavily dependent on Russia. This increasingly costly dependency – and elites’ scrambling over associated profits – came to crucially affect not only relations with Russia, but the very nature of post-independence state building.

The Politics of Energy Dependency explores why these states were unable to move towards energy diversification. Through extensive field research using previously untapped local-language sources, Margarita M. Balmaceda reveals a complex picture of local elites dealing with the complications of energy dependency and, in the process, affecting the energy security of Europe as a whole.

A must-read for anyone interested in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the politics of natural resources, this book reveals the insights gained by looking at post-Soviet development and international relations issues not only from a Moscow-centered perspective, but from that of individual actors in other states.

Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine, vol 51:10:2014 - P.Rutland
“The definitive account of Russia’s energy trade with its western neighbours ... Summing Up: Essential.”
Slavic Review vol 73:03:2014 - William M. Reisinger
‘This study is a strong balance of theoretical framing and empirical richness… This book has new information and valuable insights in it for a wide range of readers.’
East European Politics vol 30:02:2014 - Hans Oversloot
‘Balmaceda’s book is the most informative monograph available on all the various aspects of “the energy sector” in Ukraine, as well as in Belarus and Lithuania…. The book surely deserves a wider reading than those attracted by its main title.’
The Journal of Slavic Military Studies vol 27:03:2014 - Keneshbek Abdirakhmanov
The Politics of Energy Dependency is a ground breaking empirical study. It raises crucial questions that anyone interested in energy studies of ex-soviet countries and Russia ought to consider.’
Journal of Baltic Studies - Walter C. Clemens
“A tour de force analysis ... rich in data and clear in exposition, with more than sufficient detail to educate specialists and to interest generalists concerned with European and world affairs.”
Europe-Asia Studies vol 67:03:2015 - Samuele Dominioni
‘Outstanding volume… This book is invaluable as a successful example of how to unpack the black box of the highly sensitive issue of energy dependency.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442645332
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
08/31/2013
Series:
Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

What People are Saying About This

Oleh Havrylyshyn
“A major contribution to research on the issue of energy trade in post-Soviet space, The Politics of Energy Dependency provides a very logical analysis of some very complicated, non-transparent phenomena. It is a work of very high quality scholarship that offers a vast amount of new information, lucid, detailed explanations, and compelling arguments.”

Ulrich Best
“This book is probably the most important contribution to the study of energy, politics, and international political economy in the postsocialist world in recent years. Using a comparative framework – never done in the field at this level of detail – Margarita M. Balmaceda presents a convincing argument drawn from international political economy and resource rent approaches. A serious advance in state-of-the-art research, it is an impressively developed and well-presented contribution that will set the standard in the field.”

From the Publisher

“A major contribution to research on the issue of energy trade in post-Soviet space, The Politics of Energy Dependency provides a very logical analysis of some very complicated, non-transparent phenomena. It is a work of very high quality scholarship that offers a vast amount of new information, lucid, detailed explanations, and compelling arguments.”

“This book is probably the most important contribution to the study of energy, politics, and international political economy in the postsocialist world in recent years. Using a comparative framework – never done in the field at this level of detail – Margarita M. Balmaceda presents a convincing argument drawn from international political economy and resource rent approaches. A serious advance in state-of-the-art research, it is an impressively developed and well-presented contribution that will set the standard in the field.”

Meet the Author

Margarita M. Balmaceda is professor of Diplomacy and

International Relations at Seton Hall University, and a research associate at the Davis

Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard

University.

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